THE WORLD TURNS, WORDS EVOLVE. Sometimes the evolution of a word is gradual and logical and few notice the change. Sometimes it happens quickly—often through ignorance and misuse—and the change is jarring. In the 21st century, a word can go through a tremendous upheaval if one influential person misuses it one time on the internet. READ MORE
MOST OF THE INFORMATION about gold and platinum record awards of the Sixties on the Internet is crap! That is, most of the “information” regarding RIAA Gold and Platinum Records awarded to albums from the ’60s and early ’70s is factually incorrect. This applies to almost every website: the few that aren’t incorrect are often misleading, and this includes the RIAA’s own website! READ MORE
What Is a “Price Guide Guru”?
WHAT IN TARNATION is a Price Guide Guru? Well, it’s a nickname that I received in one of the first fan letters for my first book, the 1985-1986 Rock Record Album Price Guide. That was—at least philosophically—the first of its kind: a price guide for record collectors that actually reflected the reality of the current marketplace! READ MORE
Rare Record Scarcity Index
WHO IS FRANK DANIELS and what’s a Record Scarcity Index? Frank has been collecting records for a long time: rumor has it that he started collecting back when they were making one-sided 78s out of leftover Confederate currency.
He is a longtime contributor to my two record collectors sites, Elvis – A Touch Of Gold and Rather Rare Records. READ MORE
On Grading Records
THIS ARTICLE about grading records reprints the article Grading The Records that appeared in the fifth edition of Goldmine’s Price Guide To Collectible Record Albums (Krause Publications, 1996). This was the last book that I authored for Goldmine but this system has been used in one manner or another by every author since. READ MORE